By the end of the 1950's, the MGA was starting to feel its age and a replacement car was needed. The replacement was expected to focus on performance and comfort. The MGB introduced improvements over the prior MG model that included roll-up windows and glove compartments to name a few. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph (48 km/h) impact
In 1957, Frua, an Italian stylist, was commissioned to style a new car. What orginally was conceived as a closed car, evolved into a roadster. The MGB was in production from 1962 through 1980. Originally thought to be in production only five years, turned into eighteen years. During that time nearly 389,000 roadsters and more than 125,250 GT's were produced.